Since October 2014, the region around the town of Beni in north eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has been the site of some of the worst massacres in the country’s recent history. Over five hundred people have been killed and tens of thousands have fled their homes. The UN mission and the Congolese government have publicly stated that the massacres are the work of Ugandan rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Mar 22, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Criminal Court found Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel leader and presidential candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“The chamber finds that Bemba is criminally responsible for murder, rape, pillage and war crimes” in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003, Judge Sylvia Steiner said in a ruling read at The Hague-based court on Monday. Bemba had faced two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes related to murder, rape and pillaging committed by his troops in the country.

Mar 21, 2016
Thomas Wilson, Corina Rhue, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army have been involved in attacks on civilians in the country’s northeast that have left more than 500 people dead since 2014, the Congo Research Group said.

Congo’s government and the United Nations previously blamed the assaults on the Allied Democratic Forces, an insurgent group originally based in Uganda that has operated along Congo’s border since the late 1990’s.

Mar 21, 2016
Thomas Wilson, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

A pro-democracy group in the Democratic Republic of Congo said it will lead a protest Tuesday to demand the release of two youth activists who’ve been held in prison for 12 months awaiting sentencing.

Mar 16, 2016
Thomas Wilson, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Sarah Cliffe and Hanny Megally serve as director and senior fellow, respectively, at the New York University Center on International Cooperation.

Feb 22, 2016
Sarah Cliffe, Hanny Megally
Sub-Saharan Africa

International conflict management is not necessarily a rewarding occupation for people who have neat and orderly minds. Well-made plans tend to fall apart in fast-moving crises. As I noted in a chapter in a book on the Security Council published earlier this year, the recent history of United Nations peace operations is basically a story of “one damn thing after another.” U.N.

Dec 28, 2015
Richard Gowan

The war in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was one of the most complex conflicts on Earth.

Dec 16, 2015
Sub-Saharan Africa

CIC Senior Fellow and Congo expert Jason Stearns speaks with the BBC about the arrest of Ladislas Ntaganzwa.  Listen to the full interview by clicking the title or .mp3 below:

Dec 10, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Nineteen years after the beginning of the Congo wars, armed conflict still affects millions in the east of the country. This essay by CRG director Jason Stearns and our senior fellow Christoph Vogel accompanies a map of armed groups, compiled by researchers across North and South Kivu, in which we catalogue over seventy groups. This is far from a static picture, and we highlight key shifts that have emerged over the past two years: a decline of regional involvement, a fragmentation of armed groups, and a modest drop in the political manipulation of armed groups.

Nov 25, 2015
Jason Stearns, Christoph Vogel
Sub-Saharan Africa

CIC Senior Fellow, Jason Stearns, qui appartient à ce groupe d’étude sur le Congo, répond aux questions de Nathalie Amar.

Nov 25, 2015
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

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